Australia to keep making AstraZeneca
CANBERRA: AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine will continue being produced in Australia into next year with leftover doses being shipped to neighbouring countries.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt yesterday rejected reports CSL would stop producing the vaccine in Melbourne this year, as coronavirus cases reached a new national daily record.
He noted Fiji’s vaccine rollout was boosted by
Australian AstraZeneca doses, which were also sent to Indonesia, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea and other Pacific nations.
A CSL spokeswoman said 20 million doses had been produced in Australia for use locally and in the Asia Pacific region.
Vaccine rollout coordinator John Frewen said 12.5 million doses had been administered in Australia and 3.5 million sent to the Pacific.